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Mediterranean Restaurant Will Make Its Mark in Downtown Austin

Almarah’s expansion

A bowl of falafels and a container of a light green sauce.
Almarah’s falafels
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Northwest Mediterranean restaurant Almarah is bringing its kebabs, shawarma, falafels, and more to downtown Austin with its new expansion, Darna Mediterranean Cuisine, right to West 11th Street this summer.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all planned for the new Darna. This means an array of appetizers like hummus, spinach pies, labneh, along with heartier items like sandwiches, meaty rice plates, baklava, and more. Co-owner Hamed Ibrahim notes that while Almarah includes a hookah lounge where customers smoke often-flavored water pipes, Darna will not offer the same.

Almarah set its eyes on the downtown address because of customer demands, as well as the growing number of catering requests in Central Austin. Darna is looking to open sometime in the summer, ideally in July or August.

Ibrahim and co-owner Nasser Trosich opened Almarah up along Ranch Road 620 (near the original Noble Sandwich Co.) over the summer of 2015.

This continues downtown Austin’s hot streak, which will see the city’s first food hall, massive new hotel from Fairmont, and much, much more.

Darna Mediterranean Cuisine

408 West 11th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 220-9705 Visit Website

Almarah Mediterranean Cuisine

12129 Ranch Road 620 North, , TX 78750 (512) 520-8169 Visit Website